The Pennsylvania State University at Erie, The Behrend College: Narrative Description

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5091 Station Rd.
Erie, PA 16563-0001
Tel: (814)898-6000; (866)374-3378
Admissions: (814)865-5471
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State-related, comprehensive, coed. Part of Pennsylvania State University. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1948. Setting: 727-acre suburban campus. Total enrollment: 3,593. Faculty: 267 (204 full-time, 63 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 2,590 applied, 81% were admitted. 12% from top 10% of their high school class, 40% from top quarter, 79% from top half. Full-time: 3,221 students, 33% women, 67% men. Part-time: 219 students, 32% women, 68% men. 7% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 3% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 8% 25 or older, 48% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 86% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; engineering/engineering technologies; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. State resident tuition: $9582 full-time, $399 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $15,466 full-time, $644 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $444 full-time, $75 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course level, location, program, and student level. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course level, course load, location, program, and student level. College room and board: $6230. College room only: $3250. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 7% of eligible men and 6% of eligible women are members. Most popular organization: Student Government Association. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 1,208 students; 1,242 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. 103,524 books, 58,349 microform titles, 810 serials, and 3,180 audiovisual materials. 448 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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